Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to criticisms by the Royal British Legion of the Tory-led Government’s action on the Military Covenant, said:
“This is a shocking indictment of the Tory-led Government’s record on the Military Covenant. To make bold pledges while in opposition and ignore them once in power demonstrates a disregard for the whole Forces community, who will be deeply disappointed. The annual report is nothing like the legally-binding Covenant they promised.
“The moral contract between the nation and the Services should never be sidestepped, but this Tory-led Government is undermining it at every turn. No-one takes pleasure from our Armed Forces being let down.
“When you add cuts to allowances, permanent cuts to pensions and repeated broken promises you get a Government that has lost the sense of right and wrong.”